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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

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Josh Waitzkin
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Fred Waitzkin
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Bonnie Waitzkin
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Bruce Pandolfini
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Vinnie
Michael Nirenberg ...
Jonathan Poe
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Poe's Teacher
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Kalev
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Morgan
Vasek Simek ...
Russian Park Player
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Tunafish Father
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Tournament Director
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School Teacher
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Fighting Parent
Steven Randazzo ...
Man of Many Signals
Chelsea Moore ...
Katya Waitzkin
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Chess Club Regular
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Chess Club Regular
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Chess Club Member
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Asa Hoffman
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Reporter
Ona Fletcher ...
Reporter
Kamran Shirazi ...
Himself
Joel Benjamin ...
Himself
Roman Dzindzichashvili ...
Himself
Jerry Poe McClinton ...
Park Player
Matt De Matt ...
Night Park Player (as Matt De Matt Reines)
Vincent Smith ...
Washington Square Patzers
Jerry Rakow ...
Washington Square Patzers
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Statistician
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Journalist
R.D. Reid ...
Final Tournament Director
Anthony McGowen ...
Park Dealer
Katya Waitzkin ...
82nd Girl
Ryder Fleming-Jones ...
Petey
Harris Krofchick ...
Running Chess Kid
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Gym Parent
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Gym Parent
Caroline Yeager ...
Screaming Mom
Andrew Sardella ...
Josh's Syracuse Opponent
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Josh's Teammate
Nicholas Taylor ...
Birthday Friend
Jonathan Fazio ...
Birthday Friend
Nicky Mellina ...
Birthday Friend
Philip Neiman ...
Birthday Friend
Elizabeth Gropman ...
Birthday Friend
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Himself
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Father (uncredited)
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Parent pacing in basement locker showing body only (uncredited)
James Garrigan ...
Cyclist (uncredited)
Bruce Pandolfini ...
Man in Washington Park (uncredited)
Edd Scorpio ...
Chess Competitor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Steven Zaillian

Written by

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Fred Waitzkin ... (book)
 
Steven Zaillian ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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William Horberg ... producer
Sydney Pollack ... executive producer
Scott Rudin ... producer
David Wisnievitz ... co-producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Conrad L. Hall

Film Editing by

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Wayne Wahrman

Editorial Department

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Henry J. Golas ... post-production
Debra Kahn Tolchinsky ... first assistant editor
Lynel Moore ... assistant editor (as Lynel Moore Cioffi)
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative cutter
Ronald Roose ... additional editor
Mike Stanwick ... color timer
Dawn M. Stoliar ... assistant editor
Peter Watson ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Tina Gerussi
Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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David Gropman

Art Direction by

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Gregory P. Keen

Set Decoration by

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Steve Shewchuk

Costume Design by

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Julie Weiss

Makeup Department

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Paul R.J. Elliot ... hair stylist
Linda Gill ... makeup artist
Cynthia Patton ... assistant hair stylist

Production Management

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David Coatsworth ... unit production manager
Jonathan Filley ... unit production manager
Michael Tadross ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stuart Feldman ... dga trainee
Walter Gasparovic ... assistant director
Tony Gittelson ... assistant director
Burtt Harris ... assistant director
Grant Lucibello ... third assistant director
Juan Ros ... second second assistant director
Rose Tedesco ... second second assistant director
Stuart Williams ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Conrad V. Brink Jr. ... assistant props: New York
Dennis Davenport ... first assistant art director
James Halpenny ... construction coordinator
Jason Herriott ... scenic artist
Peter Hudecki ... storyboard artist
Denis Kirkham ... set dresser
Doug McLean ... assistant art director
Robert S. Smith ... carpenter
Richard M. Snider ... key greens
Mark O'Donoghue ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Steve Bartkowicz ... re-recording engineer
Patrick Bietz ... sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois ... re-recording mixer
Desmond Cannon ... assistant sound editor
Paul Cartledge ... adr recordist
John Chalfant ... sound effects editor
Thierry J. Couturier ... sound editor
Ken Dufva ... foley artist
Leslie Gaulin ... foley editor
Eric Gotthelf ... foley mixer
Scott D. Jackson ... foley supervisor
Nicholas Korda ... sound editor (as Nicholas Vincent Korda)
David Lee ... sound mixer
Michael Magill ... dialogue editor
Sanjay Mehta ... cable puller
Scott Millan ... re-recording mixer
James Moriana ... foley artist
Paul O'Bryan ... assistant sound editor
Elmo Ponsdomenech ... re-recording mixer
Catherine Rowe ... foley artist
Joan Rowe ... foley artist
Beth Sterner ... supervising sound editor
Steve Switzer ... boom operator

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Jason Board ... special effects
Bob Hall ... special effects
Troy Rundle ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ralph Brandofino ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (1993)
Ciaran Copelin ... second assistant camera
David Crone ... steadicam operator
Dennis Gamiello ... key grip: new york
Tony Guerin ... assistant camera
Rob Hahn ... additional photographer (as Robert Hahn) / camera operator (as Robert Hahn)
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Nils Johnson ... key video assist operator: New York
Andy Langevin ... rigging best boy
Jim MacCammon ... gaffer (as James MacCammon)
Gary Muller ... first assistant camera: New York
Tom Priestley Jr. ... camera operator
Rick Raphael ... steadicam operator
Jim Reischl ... electric department
Ron Renzetti ... dolly grip
Gerard Sava ... assistant camera
Randy Tambling ... key grip
Gary Deneault ... best boy (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elizabeth Holder ... wardrobe production assistant

Location Management

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Maria T. Bierniak ... assistant location manager
Fred Kamping ... location manager
Daniel Strol ... location manager: New York
Douglas Tirola ... location manager

Music Department

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Bob Bornstein ... music preparation
Norman Ludwin ... musician (bass)
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
Thomas Pasatieri ... orchestrator
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Marwick ... production driver
William L. Tataryn ... exclusive driver: Sir Ben Kingsley
Robert Tenaglia ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Robert Dawson ... title designer
David Hummel ... production assistant
Michelle L. Keiser ... production assistant
Veronica Miller ... first assistant accountant
Eric Myers ... unit publicist
D. Gregor Hagey ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim McCarthy ... production accountant (uncredited)
Lisa Wilhoit ... additional voices (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Josh Waitzkin is just a typical American boy interested in baseball when one day he challenges his father at chess and wins. Showing unusual precocity at the outdoor matches at Washington Square in New York City, he quickly makes friends with a hustler named Vinnie who teaches him speed chess. Josh's parents hire a renowned chess coach, Bruce, who teaches Josh the usefulness of measured planning. Along the way Josh becomes tired of Bruce's system and chess in general and purposely throws a match, leaving the prospects of winning a national championship in serious jeopardy. Written by Rick Gregory

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Taglines Every journey begins with a single move. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Innocent Moves (United Kingdom)
  • À la recherche de Bobby Fischer (France)
  • Das Königsspiel (Germany)
  • Das Königsspiel - Ein Meister wird geboren (Germany)
  • En busca de Bobby Fischer (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the second half of the movie where Josh's father brings him back to the park to play with Vinnie, real-life Josh Waitzkin and Vinnie (both much older than the actors playing them) are visible in the background. See more »
Goofs Josh tells Vinnie he learned the "Schliemann Attack" from his teacher. Actually there's no such thing. It's the Schliemann Defense. Also, when Vinnie asks, "What's that?" referring to the "attack," Josh actually hasn't yet made the move that would prompt him to say this, he's just playing the opening move of the standard Ruy Lopez (1. ... e5), so there'd be no reason for Vinnie to say "What's that?" at that point. The move that makes it "Schliemann" (3. ...f5) hasn't yet been played. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Rising Sun/Tom and Jerry: The Movie/Robin Hood: Men in Tights/So I Married an Axe Murderer/Searcing for Bobby Fischer (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Enough Is Enough See more »
Quotes Josh: Maybe it's better not to be the best. Then you can lose and it's OK.
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